The 2014 Young Voices conference happened on October 25. Thanks to everyone who particiapted.
Watch this page for info about our upcoming EMERGING VOICES CONFERENCE for youth age 17-24, coming February 7, 2015!!
The 2015 Young Voices Writers Conference is scheduled for October 10 at North York Central Library - check back summer 2015 for details!!
2014 Writers Conference
Keynote speaker, Mike Yerxa
Michael Yerxa is a Toronto based Producer and Casting Director and an original cast member on MTV Canada's & Logo's 1 Girl 5 Gays. He is currently directing and producing a Documentary for OUTtv set to air in 2015 about LGBT sports trailblazers in Canada. He also recently worked on the casting team for Discovery's new series Blood, Sweat & Tools.
Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary grew up in Toronto’s west end. The Parkdale Branch was her favourite place to hang out and reading all those books was one of the reasons she became an writer. She’s thrilled to be working with teens through the library this fall! Emily’s latest teen novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, is about a teenage rockstar who gets bitten by a giant dog while she’s riding her bike and starts to change in strange, furry ways...
Vikki VanSickle on children's books
Vikki is a gal who wears many stylish hats: author, CBA award-winning bookseller, reviewer, teacher, playwright, director, and scholar. She has a degree in drama from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia. Given the opportunity, she will talk your ear off about kids books. Her most recent book, Summer Days, Starry Nights, is a coming of age story set on a summer resort in Northern Ontario in 1962. Think Dirty Dancing without the Dirty.
Spencer Gordon on short stories
Hailed as one of CBC Books' Writers to Watch for 2013, Spencer Gordon is a writer, actor, and retired professional wrestler. He is the author of Cosmo, winner of CBC Books' "Underlookie Bookie" Award for Most Underrated Canadian Book.
Jacob McArthur Mooney on poetry
Jacob McArthur Mooney is the author of two collections of poetry, The New Layman's Almanac and Folk and has led poetry workshops for teenagers since 2003. He hosts a biweekly reading series called Pivot. [photo: R. Kolewe]
Dalton Higgins on hip hop
Dalton Higgins is an international performing arts and music concert presenter, National Magazine Award-winning journalist, author, blogger and TV/radio broadcaster. His fifth book, Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake sheds light on the cultural conditions that helped create the Drake phenomenon.
Witchboy Theatre on theatre production
Breanna Dillon and Christopher Hayes both graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City in 2008. They founded Witchboy Theatre earlier this year.
LUNCHTIME FORUM: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED!
What is it?
- Meet awesome published writers and artists
- Work with them in workshops to improve your craft
- Get your work published in the Instant Anthology magazine
- Meet teen writers from across the city
- Win prizes!
Where is it?
- Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon
- 789 Yonge Street (Yonge/Bloor subway station)
- Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
- Saturday, October 25th
- Registration begins at 9:30am
- Workshops and programs from 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Light breakfast and lunch provided
Bring a piece of your original art or original comic (no bigger than 8.5x11 piece of paper) or an original poem. These will be included in the Instant Anthology that you receive at the end of the workshop. It's totally free. For youth ages 12-19.
Young Voices Conference is sponsored by: